On the Day of Remembrance this February 19, 2018, I endorse the Open Letter to the Country stating the following:
- Oppose Executive Order 13780 and any other order or proclamation that promotes the Muslim Travel Ban.
- Urge the U.S. Supreme Court to #StopRepeatingHistory and demand disclosure of documents withheld from the Courts by the Trump administration which claim to justify the Muslim ban, a demand which it failed to do for the Japanese American incarceration in the original Hirabayashi, Yasui and Korematsu cases.
- Support efforts to promote awareness in the legal community and general public of the power of Executive Orders and the crucial constitutional role that the courts must play in a democracy to act as a check and balance on the Executive to ensure that no one, not even a President, is above the law.
- Support the creation of a National Day of Remembrance to commemorate February 19, 1942, the day President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which led to the exclusion and imprisonment of 120,000 Americans of Japanese Ancestry, as a reminder of the fragility of our civil rights and as a commitment to never allow this civil rights disaster to occur again.
- Support S 2250, and HR 4680, the Korematsu-Takai Civil Liberties Protection Act of 2017, which bars the detention of any person solely because of his or her race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.